AFTER HOURS: MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI’S LA NOTTE

“Antonioni likes to keep his actors turned away from us. He denies the emotional access most filmmakers labor to provide, forcing us to instead find meaning in the blocking and bodily juxtapositions. So much screen time is spent studying Vitti and Moreau’s bare backs, if there’s such thing as a shoulder blade fetish community they’ll give this film five stars.” – Crooked Marquee, 09/02/2022

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MIDNIGHT MOVIES 101 AT THE COOLIDGE

“The series is focused on introducing audiences to the most notorious of nocturnal blockbusters, from back when people first started getting groovy at the movies after hours. It’s a lineup of cult classics that Professor Anastasio hopes will be ‘a beacon for weirdos,’ inviting a whole new class to come out on weekend nights and let their freak flags fly.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 09/01/2022

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FUNNY PAGES

“Robert hangs out all day in a comic book shop where everyone’s trying to out-snob each other, bolstering their street cred with assorted esoterica that nobody could possibly care about beyond these walls. While I came of age in video and record stores instead of comic shops, the film still prompted chills of recognition from this particular critic.” – North Shore Movies, 08/26/2022

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THE GOOD BOSS

“Bardem’s Blanco cuts costs by cruelly laying off longtime employees, covers for cronies who can’t do their jobs properly, uses the company’s internship program as a dating pool and generally embodies every awful trait of the avaricious and overcompensated executives who make our world a more miserable place. You also can’t help but kinda like him.” – North Shore Movies, 08/26/2022

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING

“George Miller’s cerebral fantasia is the kind of oddball, beguilingly personal project an artist makes after a smashing success like Fury Road, cashing in $60 million worth of goodwill on his obsessions and personal peccadilloes. It’s a deeply weird flight of fancy, alternating heady discussions with the most miraculous images you’ll see all year.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 08/24/2022

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BEAST

“Here we go again with the grief. I feel like I just wrote this review a week ago for Fall but it bears repeating that not every survival movie needs to be a therapy session. When they inevitably remake Jaws in a few years it’s gonna be all about Brody coming to terms with some tragic nautical trauma in his past instead of just killing the shark because it eats people.” – North Shore Movies, 08/22/2022

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SPIN ME ROUND

“With a lush Pino Donaggio score referencing a whole history of sultry Italian thrillers, I think maybe the movie is trying to undercut erotic intrigue with chain restaurant banality. There’s so much dead air and aimless standing around I just assumed the project was an improvisational exercise, and was later aghast to learn that an actual screenplay had been written.” – North Shore Movies, 08/22/2022

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BOOK OF EXODUSTERS: SIDNEY POITIER’S BUCK AND THE PREACHER

“Looser and less self-important than it sounds in synopsis, Buck And The Preacher wears its historical import lightly, with an easy humor that confounded more than a few critics. By this point in his career, the Oscar-winning Poitier’s name had become synonymous with a certain sort of prestige picture starchier than this. It’s a film of simple, sturdy pleasures.” – Crooked Marquee, 08/19/2022

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DIRTY DANCING AT THE SOMERVILLE

“But sometimes folks go to the movies just because we like to watch people fall in love, and the scorching chemistry between Swayze and Grey (who by all accounts didn’t care for each other’s company off-camera) is enough to crush petty plot concerns or any questions about how they could be dancing to instruments that haven’t been invented yet.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 08/18/2022

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ONE THIEF MINUTE: REMEMBERING JAMES CAAN

Honored to be invited by my buddy Blake Howard to remember the late, great James Caan’s iconic performance in Michael Mann’s Thief, chatting in the incredible company of Jim Belushi, Jen Johans, Alexi Toliopoulos, S.A. Cosby, Travis Woods, Jordan Harper, Jedidiah Ayres, William Boyle, Bilge Ebiri, Walter Chaw and Scott Derrickson.One Heat Minute, 08/17/2022

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